HHSC Expands Pediatric Telehealth Services to Four Rural Hospitals

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Texas Health and Human Services Commission

HHS Executive Commissioner

Date:September 24, 2021

HHSC Expands Pediatric Telecare Services to Four Hospitals Nationwide

AUSTIN — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding more than $531,000 in grants to four Texas nationwide hospitals to expand telehealth services for children.

The grants will help hospitals expand or implement telehealth services that connect their patients with pediatric specialists and sub-specialists through video chats and telephone calls.

“The pandemic has really highlighted the importance of these services, especially in rural communities, and we are proud to be part of the expansion of telecare to give more children and youth in Texas better access to special care without disrupting their families. need to travel,” said Stephanie. Stephens, HHS State Medicaid Director.

HHSC awards the grants to Lake Granbury Medical Center (Granbury), Navarro Regional Hospital (Corsicana), Terry Memorial Hospital/Brownfield Regional Medical Center (Brownfield), and Titus County Hospital (Mount Pleasant). Each of the four hospitals submitted telehealth expansion plans to HHSC and received funding based on the technology, equipment and supplies needed to complete their projects. Texans in more than 25 counties will benefit from the expansion.

The funding is part of an HHSC grant program established in 2017 by the 85th Texas Legislature to establish and administer a teleconnectivity program for the health of children in rural Texas.

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